Bernard Charles “Bernie” Ecclestone, a British business magnate and former Chief Executive of the Formula One Group, was in Bahrain during the 2017 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. Following the acquisition of Formula One by Liberty Media. Bernie was replaced. He is currently the Chairman Emeritus of the sport body. His role now is more as an advisor.
The Gulf Auto Zone (GAZ), caught up with him at the Bahrain International Circuit for his thoughts on the new management and where he sees the sport going under their stewardship.
He said the new management had only taken over the sport. “It is early days to comment on their performance. They have taken the car and are in it. Now they have only one way to go and that is to drive it forward. I only hope that they steer ahead smoothly and do not crash,”
Turning to the circuit in Bahrain, he said, the Bahrain International Circuit is a unique project. Standing in the middle of almost desert-like conditions, it poses a challenge to both the drivers and their cars. The weather is hot and windy. At times there is the sand, but that is not a damper at all, he said.
A technically superior circuit, one has to be careful while negotiating the bends. The night driving is so very perfect, that the lighting feels it is more towards dusk, than the night at all, he added.